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"to the Infinuations of his Enemies: And, as foon as Sir John Ruffell had delivered his Meffage, he took Horse, and was back again at Greenwich oefore Break-of-day. What paffed on this Occafion Cavendifb relates.
Soon after this the Cardinal had Part of his Furniture and fome of his Plate, &c. reftored to him, which was a great Mortification to those who were refolved to ruin him one Way or other. The Cardinal befides this, upon Application, obtained from the King this Licence and Protection*.
THEREAS Thomas, by Divine Permiffion, Car⚫dinal Priest, Archbishop of • York, Primate of England, on Saturday next after the Feaft of St. Michael laft paft, in our Court before us, of and concerning a certain Bill by our Attorney General, in our faid Court, firft preferred for us, against the aforesaid ⚫ Cardinal, by the Name of the moft Rev. Father Thomas, &c. that is to fay, on the
The King grants the Cardinal a
'And whereas the aforefaid Car dinal, that is to say, on the next after the Morrow of St. Martin last past, in our faid Court before us, of and concerning another Bill, first preferred by our faid Attorney General, in our faid Court, for us, against the • aforefaid Cardinal, that is to fay, on the 20th of October laft paft, for divers other grievous Contempts, Tranfgreffions and • Offences, committed and perpetrated by the faid Cardinal, against us, our Crown, Dig
9th Day of October laft paft,nity, and Prerogative; and the
for divers grievous Contempts,
Form of the faid Statute was • convicted, and, by the Sen
tence of our faid Court, put • out of our Protection, as may 'be plainly seen by the fepa
Tranfgreffions, and Offences, lately committed and perpetrated by the faid Cardinal against us, our Crown, Dignity, and Prerogative, and against the Sta-rate Records relating to the
tute of Provifions made in the • Parliament, held at Winchester by Richard the IId, King of
Premises, kept before us in " our faid Court.
And afterwards the fame Car
England, after the Conqueft,dinal moft humbly entreated of
He enquires after his Eftates.
Tho' the King granted the Cardinal this laft mentioned Favour, yet he and his Minifters omitted not to make the most diligent Enquiry to find out any Eftate or Effects that belonged to his late Minifter, and when any appeared, they were immediately confifcated to the King's Ufe; the Form of the Inquifition we have here exhibited.*
Being willing graciously to provide, in this Behalf, for the Security of his Body, against the Malice of his faid Rivals, we, being favourably inclined to the faid Petition, out of our fpecial Grace, have taken and received, and by thefe Prefents • do take and receive the Body and Perfon of the aforefaid Cardinal, from the Day of the Date of thefe Prefents, during our Pleasure, into our Protection and Safeguard in the Manner and Form following, viz.
We forbid all and fingular our Subjects, and every of them, of what State, Degree, or Condition foever they may be, that they or any of them neither do, nor procure to be done, any Damage or Harm to the faid Cardinal's Body: And we < grant our firm Peace by thefe Prefents to the faid Cardinal during our Pleasure.
And further, out of our more bountiful Grace, we grant to the faid Cardinal, that he may profecute and follow all and whatsoever our Perfonal Briefs; as likewife all Man४ ner of perfonal Actions, Suits,
The King gives Directions for calling a Parliament.
land, held at Westminster, as gainft those who had obtained or follicited, or that caused to be follicited or obtained, front the Court of Rome, or elfewhere, Proceffes, Sentences, Excommunications, Bulls, Inftruments, or any thing of this Kind, which concern the Lord the King, against his Crown, Prerogative, or the Kingdom of England, and againit thofe who brought them into or received them, notified or executed any of them, in the faid Kingdom.
But before any of the Proceedings, we have been speaking of, were had against the Cardinal, the King gave Directions in the Month of Auguft, for calling a Parliament to meet on the 3d of Nov. and Mr. Cromwell was, by the Means of one Mr. Rufb, the Matter may the better beter the Conqueft, King of Engknown, into what and how ma⚫ny Manors; Lordships, Lands, • Tenements, Poffeffions, Rents, • Services, Reverfions, Advowfons, Patronages of Churches, Chapels, and other Ecclefiaftical • Benefices, Penfions, Portions, • Incomes, and all other Hereditaments whatsoever, which • the most Rev. Father in Christ, Thomas, Cardinal Prieft, Archbishop of York, and Primate of • England, was feized of and pof• feffed on the 28th Day of Auguft, in the 15th Year of our Reign, or on the 2d Day of the Month of Dec. in the fame • 15th Year of our Reign, or at any other Time after the faid • 2d Day of Dec. either alone, or jointly with any other Perfon or Perfons, as a Fief, or Re• verfion; or for the Term of his Life or Years, or otherwise • in the faid County. On which faid 2d Day of Dec. the fame • Cardinal in our Court before us was legally, lawfully, and juftly conoitred, and stands condemned for divers Contempts, • Tranfgreffions and Offences against us, our Crown, Prerogative, and Dignity; and against the Tenor of the Statute • made in the 16th Year of the Reign, and in the Parliament of the late Richard the Ild afVOL. IV.
"We therefore command you, that at certain Times and Places ⚫ which you three, or two of you, fall appoint for this Purpose, to make diligent Inquiries about all and fingular the Premifes, which being diflinctly ⚫ and openly made, to fend them to us in our Chancery, wherefoever it fhall be, within the ⚫ Octave of St. Michael, under the Seals of three or two of you, who had been prefent at the taking of fuch Inquifition, and the Seals of thofe who had made the Enquiries, together with this our prefent Com • miffion.
And we command our Sheriffs of the City of London ạ'forefaid, by the Tenor of thefe Rr
Rufb, his Friend, chofen a Member of that great Affembly.
the Eighth Paliament. 1529.
On the 3d of November the Parliament
Proceedings of met at Black-friars, where, the King being feated upon his Throne in the Houfe of Lords, and the Commons attending, Sir Thomas More, Lord Chancellor, ftanding on his Majefty's Right-hand within, the Bar, opened the Caufe of calling them together with a Speech, in which he observed, as Hall has handed it to us, "That, like a good Shepherd, "which not only keepeth and attendeth well his Sheep, but also forefeeth and provideth for all Things, that might be either hurtful or noifome to his Flock, or may preferve and defend the "fame against all Perils that may chance to come; "fo the King, who was the Shepherd, Ruler, and "Governor of his Realm, vigilantly forefeeing Things
to come, confidering how divers Laws which, be"fore that Time made, were now, by long Conti"nuance of Time and Mutation of Things, very in"fufficient and imperfect; and alfo, by the frail "Condition of Men, divers new Enormities were fprung up among the People, for which no Law
Prefents, that they bring before you three, or two of you, on certain Days, and at certain Places, of which you are to give them Notice, fuch and as many honeft and juft Men from their Bailiwicks, as well • within the Liberties as without, by whom the Truth of the Matter in the Premifes may be the better known and enquired into, pursuant to the Number and Qualities of the • Perfons which you fhall require, in our Behalf, to be brought before you.